When did Anderson Silva turn from a good fighter, into this unstoppable force?
Ive seen all of his fights in Pride. His wins and his losses. He had dynamic skills back then, but he was far from unbeatable. In his fight with Ryo Chonan, he was actually losing the standup. Can you beleive that, LOSING THE STANDUP TO RYO CHONAN!! Then he got submitted.
Then he goes over to Cage Rage becomes champ and looks pretty good. But noone considered him to be the the best MW in the world. At the time he entered the UFC he was like the 9th ranked MW in the world and was viewed as a dangerous striker, but far from unbeatable.
What I wanna know is what happened? I know he left Chute Box, but that cant be the reason.
Or perhaps he is the same fighter that just has improved gradually like every other fighter does over time.
Or has he just faught guys that matchup well against him. Lets see Leben (joke), Franklin (perfect matchup), Marquardt(no threat, Silva is better than him at everything), Lutter (if Lutter wasnt fat and out of shape he beats Silva), Hendo(abandoned his gameplan), Forrest(tailor made), Irvin(LOL),Cote(sigh, another inferior striker), Leites (finally a bjj guy, but he has terrible TD's and cardio).
Out of all these guys, Hendo and Lutter were the only ones who realistically had a shot at beating this guy. The rest were lambs being lead to the slaughter.
At 205, there alot of big strong grapplers that can give Silva trouble.
But what Im saying is the UFC has given him opponents that for the most part showcase his skills.
Id love for a Randy Couture, Ricardo Arona, or even Tito Ortiz to get there hands on him. Because his hand speed, footwork, and movement, is useless when a big strong grpplaer is on top of him.
And with Filho showing that he has a chin and can survive Manhoef's striking long enough to get the TD and submission. I would still give Filho as good a shot as any at beating Silva. Its doesnt mean Filho is a top 5 MW. It just means, he is the type of strong grappler that can beat Silva.
Looking back now, the so called "experts" had it wrong. When Silva faught Leben, he wasnt the 9th best MW in the world, he was the best. But even the best can be beat, it just depends on who you fight. And eventually Silva is gonna fight the wrong guy. And it is going to be one of the guys I mentioned. Just watch.
So back to topic. What changed in Anderson Silva? How did he improve so much? Was it who he faught? Change of camps? PED's? Or has he just been this good all along?
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